Post # 1
What are your favorite brands for cookware? I currently have stainless pots and pans that I’ve had for like 5 years. My cooking has definitely improved and I want a more durable set. I’ve had non stick but the coating would come off. Also is it better to register for a full set or individual pieces? And what about food processors, dutch ovens, juicers, baking pans, spring release cake pans lol…HELP!!!!! We plan on registering at BBB and Macys.
Post # 2
I highly, HIGHLY recommend these –
I have had them for about 2 years now and I love them. The copper bottom helps distribute heat evenly, while the non stick does just that – keeps things from sticking. And they are super durable. Again, I’ve had them 2 years and have used them nearly every day since I got them, and not a single scratch or anything. They are pricey but so so worth it. You can’t wash them in the dishwasher though. But trust me, these will last you for years and years if you take care of them.
Post # 3
I have Calphalon cookware and I really like it. I’ve had it for close to 10 years and it’s all held up quite well, with the exception of the one non-stick frying pan that eventually got everything stuck to it. It’s got cheesy commercials, but for non-stick now I have the Orgreenic pan and I love it, nothing sticks at all, much better than the Teflon pans that I’ve had. I also have a cookie sheet from Orgreenic and a roasting pan and I really like them all, I haven’t had any problems yet. Usually you can do pretty well with sets, but there are some things that don’t often come with sets, like a large saute pan. I got a really big Emeril saute pan that is very helpful for larger quantities of food, I also have a Cuisinart Wok.
I have a Cuisinart food processor that works really well. KitchenAid is also really great for kitchen appliances, especially that iconic stand mixer. LeCruset is great for Dutch ovens, but I think you can get good ones for much cheaper. I can’t remember the brand of mine though. Cake pans and spring form pans, I don’t think the brand really matters that much as long as they’re not the cheapes thing around. These are generally things that you don’t use as much so they don’t take as much wear. I have som Martha Stewart cake pans and Wilton Bundt and Spring form pans and they’ve worked out just fine.
Post # 4
All Clad pans are top of the line, for non stick I did Calphalon, and for dutch ovens, Le Crueset or Staub.
Post # 5
We asked for all Calphalon cookware… and we LOVE them all.
We got everything from the Easy System – seen here:
It wasn’t the whole 12-piece set together, but separately (and minus a few things from that set). We did get a Dutch Oven that wasn’t in the Easy System, but was still Calphalon (Simply Calphalon) – along with the Dutch Oven from the Easy System. We decided to keep both as we use that size a lot for things.
Post # 6
I have all-clad stainless and I love them. Whatever you do, DO NOT register for NONSTICK pans. Nonstick wears down so quickly that you have to replace them often. I would recommend stainless pans and then 1 cheap (like $15-$20) nonstick skillet that you can replace often. Now, the pots don’t wear down as quickly but why do you need a nonstick pot for soup or boiling pasta? Good stainless steel pans will last a lifetime. I would register for a set, but not HUGE set. I think the 10 piece is perfect. http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/all-clad-stainless-steel-10-piece-cookware-set?ID=568160 By The Way, if you do BB&B you can buy this set using a 20% off coupon. Great deal! A cast iron skillet is also handy and if you have that you might not need a nonstick skillet. I pretty much use my nonstick one only for eggs, hashbrowns, and frying veggie burgers. It doesn’t get used for anything else.
Le Creuset and Staub are great for dutch ovens
KitchenAid processer- the 3cup one is very useful + a larger one (either 7 or 13 cup- depending on your needs)
My favorite pans are the USA pans- amazing! http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/usa-pan-non-stick-bakeware/122030 Though I also get a cheap pizza sheat to use for things that tend to discolor pans
Post # 7
Oh, to add on… we got a Cuisinart food processor. I would have loved to get a BIG one, but we didn’t have the room. So, it was just a 4-cupper and it works great for what we need it for. I asked for a springform pan, but never got it – and still haven’t bought it. It was a Calphalon brand, though.
We registered at BBB, Target and JCP – and the Calphalon pots were all asked for at BBB (minus one that was JCP), and although you had to order them online only, we still got them from guests. Even one of DH’s family frieds commented that it was great to see us ask for a good set of pans, cos that will last forever!
Baking pans, you could do whatever. I did ask for a set from BBB, it was 3 pieces – cookie sheets mainly. Everything else I had prior to the wedding and didn’t feel the need to upgrade. They work!
You can PM me, and I can give you think to our registry (or my name to search)… if you need ideas!
Post # 8
LUV Calphalon. I have one like this only heavier duty and without the cover and it’s awesome http://store.calphalon.com/simply-calphalon-nonstick-12-in-everyday-pan/298884
Post # 9
Rachael Ray’s line of cookware is my own personal fave. Jamie Oliver’s is great too, but beyond the average budget, Rachael’s are more affordable.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)
We have circulon nonstick pans from Macy’s, have had them for about two years and the one pan I use almost daily has just now started to wear, the rest are still great. For nonstick I think that’s pretty good! I liked purchasing the set, it was cheaper that way and I use all the different shapes and sizes, I did purchase one other (different shape) pan in addition to the set as well. If you do nonstick I would just be mindful of your utensils, we purchased silicon coated utensils (i.e., whisks, spatuals, tongs) and that may have helped extend our set’s life. http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/circulon-symmetry-11-piece-cookware-set?ID=576986&CategoryID=28446#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D5%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D1
I would also register for a castiron pan, I love mine! Baking sheets I don’t think a brand really matters, if you do a lot of baking just avoid dark pans since you have make adjustments to your temperature. Would also HIGHLY recommend getting some silicone baking mats, they’re incredible! Nothing sticks to them and it helps baked goods hold their shape better (i.e., no more flat cookies), the brand I have of them is Silpat. http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/martha-stewart-collection-11.6-x-16.5-baking-silpat?ID=450000
Definitely a Kitchenaid stand mixer if you don’t have one! Food processors I would recommend getting a bigger one if you have room. We have a small one and it is SUPER frustrating and takes forever, looking to upgrade ours and I have heard good things about Kitchenaid’s.
Post # 11
I bought a 10-piece Cuisinart stainless copper-bottom set 8 years ago because my best friends’ Mom got a set when she got married 40 years ago and they still look great! Mine still look brand new. In my earlier cooking days there were “things burnt to the bottome” insidents but the pots and pans scrubbed up like new after some soaking and a little elbow grease. I’d highly recommend them for durability. The copper bottoms also help distribute heat evenly.
Le Creuset is a long-time standard when it comes to dutch ovens. My Mom’s had hers for 30+ years.
I agree with a PP that its not worth investing a lot of money in a non-stick pan. They all need replacing every few years no matter how good. If you really want a non-stick that will last a lifetime, check out cast-iron. Once you’ve got it well seasoned, they are totally non-stick and last generations. Lodge is the brand I’d recommend.
Best of luck and have fun!
Post # 12
We registered for stainless steel pots and pans as well as iron skillets. Staying far away from non-stick pans. Added chemical coating to the pan I’m cooking my food in? No thanks.
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Post # 14
- Wedding: July 2015 - Poulsbo, WA
We have the Sur la Table Stainless tri-ply pots and pans. They are awesome! Heat up very fast and even. We haven’t had them all that long yet, but they seem very durable and like we’ll be using them for a long time! They also make matching nonstick (we have 1 skillet) that is great and it’s nice to have them all the same. We bought a set on sale and registered for a few pieces that weren’t included.
I am a huge fan of anything Le Creuset, but they can be pricey. I have two different sizes of dutch ovens and they were both Christmas presents. But they rock! I’m looking forward to a braiser next…
My favorite baking stuff is Calphalon. Especially the large cookie sheets with no raised edges, they changed my life! I’m also a huge pie baker and my favorite are just the good old glass Pyrex dishes. Also SilPat baking mats and RollPat for the counter. They also make nice springforms.
Cuisinart food processors all the way. I am currently using my grandmother’s, I think it was purchased in the early 80s. I don’t forsee having to replace it anytime soon.
Good luck on your search!
Post # 15
Calphalon for non-stick, All Clad for stainless, Le Creuset for stoneware!
Also LOVE the USA Non-stick brand of baking sheets, muffin pans, etc. They are amazing – NOTHING sticks to them! You don’t even need a cooking spray.